Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce


When you think of summer meals, what comes to mind?

Picnics and barbecues, right?

While fresh summer produce graces our plates, the star is often a juicy, delicious, piece of healthy protein sizzling on the grill.

Barbecue sauce is the perfect layer of flavor for whatever you’re grilling.

The Origin Of Barbecue

There’s some disagreement over the origin of barbecue. Some say it began in America long, long ago. Meathead Goldwyn from Amazing Ribs disagrees and has a great post on the history of barbecuing going as far back as prehistoric times.

Regardless of where it began, families across the country fire up their grills every summer and serve up barbecued meats galore. Juicy chicken breasts, tender ribs, chicken legs for the kiddos, even burgers and meatballs are all perfect companions for barbecue sauce.

No matter when or where barbecue began, I think we can all agree on one thing — let’s keep the high fructose corn syrup out of our barbecues!

Store bought varieties of barbecue sauce usually contain high fructose corn syrup. What’s the problem with that? HFCS has been shown to cause obesity:

Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.

Sure, you’re not a rat. However, it must be more than coincidence that America’s obesity epidemic (and associated health problems such as diabetes and hypertension) has exploded since food manufacturers started putting cheap, nutritionally-deficient HFCS in just about everything.

We can avoid HFCS by skipping the commercially prepared products and making our own — like this Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce!

Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce

This flavorful sauce uses only healthy, real food ingredients. I love the delicious, thick consistency of Wildly Organic's golden, caramel-like Coconut Syrup and the slightly molasses flavor of Wildly Organic Coconut Sugar. It’s a perfect combination for a sweet barbecue sauce.

How do you like your barbecue sauce?

Tangy? Sweet? How about sweet with a bit of a kick? This easy barbecue sauce can be made as mild or spicy as you like. Start with a little less chili powder if you like a milder sauce.

I like it with a nice bit of warmth myself, but as written it’s not overly spicy.

This sauce is also great for dipping chicken nuggets or even fries!

Do you make your own barbecue sauce? What will you use this Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce on this summer?

Real Food, Sweet Heat Barbecue Sauce
A sweet, tomato-based sauce with a kick that's perfect for chicken, ribs, burgers, meatballs or whatever you've got sizzling on the grill this summer. Made with real, natural ingredients -- no HFCS!
    Servings2 cups, approximately
    1. In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and whisk well to combine.
    2. Heat gently over medium low heat, but do not boil.
    3. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
    4. Stir frequently and heat until sauce is darker and the consistency you want, about ten minutes.

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